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03/29/2015 12:35:27 AM · #26
I enjoy the abstractness of the tree limbs reflected in the window in the image being discussed, as they contrast against the hard lines of all the geometric shapes in the composition. The multilevel eye contact is a big bonus.
I can't see well enough to tell that it's not all in focus.
As for my personal feelings about blur in photos, it can be a great thing for the right scene, and not so good for other things. To me it's sort defines the intersection between technical ability and artistic expression in a photo.
Many of my favorite photos in my collective shooting history have been either soft focus or have at least some blur in them.
03/29/2015 04:58:11 AM · #27
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Good Lord... Lose the extra "dude in the window" and the image would lose half its punch, IMO. That face is CRITICAL :-)


+14

that "dude" makes the whole thang

Message edited by author 2015-03-29 07:05:35.
03/29/2015 09:20:24 AM · #28
Agree with Bear, but...the question of the day is...why are they hanging a poster of a man wearing a surgical mask?

The man in the window was probably holding the shower-curtain-rod thingy steady while the man on the ladder secured it in place. Without him, the photo would be about the poster of the man with the surgical mask. IMIO.

Why the surgical mask?
03/29/2015 11:13:56 AM · #29
Gosh, I guess it's a good thing I didn't vote on this challenge because I would have given this image a 3, at most a 4. Reason being is that the image has lost so much detail in the processing (probably intentional) but I don't care for images that appear to have so much noise reduction applied. Look at the guys head that is doing the work ... his hair is totally obliterated. The stone wall, his shirt, his jeans, the window ... everything is void of detail.
03/29/2015 11:16:07 AM · #30
Originally posted by pixelpig:



Why the surgical mask?


I think you will find that it is to stop the transference of germs and the like.
03/29/2015 11:16:28 AM · #31
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Gosh, I guess it's a good thing I didn't vote on this challenge because I would have given this image a 3, at most a 4. Reason being is that the image has lost so much detail in the processing (probably intentional) but I don't care for images that appear to have so much noise reduction applied. Look at the guys head that is doing the work ... his hair is totally obliterated. The stone wall, his shirt, his jeans, the window ... everything is void of detail.


You'll be getting a koan now, good luck.
03/29/2015 11:20:04 AM · #32
sharp
sharper
oh shit
cut myself
03/29/2015 11:21:39 AM · #33
Originally posted by jagar:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

Gosh, I guess it's a good thing I didn't vote on this challenge because I would have given this image a 3, at most a 4. Reason being is that the image has lost so much detail in the processing (probably intentional) but I don't care for images that appear to have so much noise reduction applied. Look at the guys head that is doing the work ... his hair is totally obliterated. The stone wall, his shirt, his jeans, the window ... everything is void of detail.


You'll be getting a koan now, good luck.


Ha
03/29/2015 11:32:53 AM · #34
Originally posted by jagar:

You'll be getting a koan now, good luck.

A what?! ... <nervously heads off to Google>
03/29/2015 11:42:44 AM · #35
I value mystery more than I value fine details, so sharpness may have negative value to me.
03/29/2015 11:53:43 AM · #36
Originally posted by mitalapo:

I value mystery more than I value fine details, so sharpness may have negative value to me.


thank you
03/29/2015 12:05:19 PM · #37
Originally posted by mitalapo:

I value mystery more than I value fine details, so sharpness may have negative value to me.

At times I can value that also. In this case there wasn't really any "mystery" IMO. The only mystery to me (prior to knowing the photographer behind the capture) was if the photo was a screw-up initially and an attempt was made to fix/correct it by heavy-handed noise reduction to smooth things over.
03/29/2015 12:34:08 PM · #38
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by mitalapo:

I value mystery more than I value fine details, so sharpness may have negative value to me.

At times I can value that also. In this case there wasn't really any "mystery" IMO. The only mystery to me (prior to knowing the photographer behind the capture) was if the photo was a screw-up initially and an attempt was made to fix/correct it by heavy-handed noise reduction to smooth things over.

I find this image full of mysteries, and you can read back this thread to see it is not only my own view. But sometimes you need to look for mysteries. I, for one, am not 100% sure the person at the top is not a drawing. I think this mystery would have been resolved should there be more fine details. In most cases (this included) I wish a mystery like that is never resolved to certainty.
03/29/2015 12:36:49 PM · #39
The questions the image presents are like reading a good book. If all were sharp and clear, we wouldn't need to finish it.
03/29/2015 01:12:10 PM · #40
Ok-dokie then. To each their own, and I respect that.

FWIW, I found "mystery" in this photo (same photographer BTW) and highlighted it in the 'Top Challenge picks that failed to make the Top 20' thread.

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/2000-2999/2055/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1140984.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/2000-2999/2055/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1140984.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

There have been some 'blurry' and/or 'OOF' shots that I've enjoyed here as well. Albeit substantially less frequent than 'sharp' photos. :-) I'll have to dig to find an example or two.

In the meantime I'll dabble with using a heavy dose of Topaz DeNoize myself perhaps. LOL
03/29/2015 02:31:59 PM · #41
Originally posted by mitalapo:

I value mystery more than I value fine details, so sharpness may have negative value to me.
....
I find this image full of mysteries, and you can read back this thread to see it is not only my own view. But sometimes you need to look for mysteries. I, for one, am not 100% sure the person at the top is not a drawing. I think this mystery would have been resolved should there be more fine details. In most cases (this included) I wish a mystery like that is never resolved to certainty.


Yes. Interesting thought. The whole thing could have been painted onto a concrete wall somewhere. That would be a good joke.

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